Please join us (21 and up only, please!) every Friday for our $26 prix fixe 3-course menu and wine flights. The menu changes weekly based on whatever's fresh and in season. Please RSVP to 619.295.3939. We are open from 5:30 to 10:00 and accept reservations anytime between 5:30 and 8:00. Here’s this Friday’s line-up. (Subject to change)
PRIX FIXE 3-COURSE DINNER - 26 | WINE PAIRING - 15
pick one from each category below
red wine braised pulpo | chorizo potatoes | saffron sofritto | romesco sauce
2016 borsao rosé (5 oz. pour)
country pork terrine | persimmon + onion mostarda | dijon oil | wild roquette
2012 seghesio barbera (5 oz. pour)
beet tartar | citrus scented goat cheese | blood orange reduction
2016 justin sauvignon blanc (5 oz. pour)
baked winter squash + campanelle pasta | stewed kale | carrot top pesto
2014 luca "g lot" pinot noir (5 oz. pour)
herb rubbed lamb chops | toasted garlic oil | savory bread pudding
2015 justin cabernet sauvingon (5 oz. pour)
tea smoked grouper | kabocha squash agnolotti | mushroom dashi | charred onions
2015 etre chardonnay (5 oz. pour)
caramel flan | fresh churros | dulce de leche creama
nv yalumba antique tawny (2 oz. pour)
humboldt fog goat cheese | raspberry preserves | toasted pistachios
2013 margerum "late harvest" sauvignon blanc (3 oz.pour)
dark chocolate ganache | short bread crust | candied hazelnuts
2015 michele chiarlo "nivole" moscato d' asti (3 oz. pour)
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LOCATION & PHONE
Wine Vault & Bistro is located in the heart of San Diego between Little Italy and Old Town at 3731-A India Street on the upstairs terrace. Follow the black handrail up the stairs from the sidewalk to our front door. Our phone number is (619) 295-3939.
PARKING ~ FREE & PAID
Valet parking is available for $8.00. The drop-off point is two doors south of our entrance in front of Shakespeare at the corner of India and Winder. On-street parking is also usually available within a 3-block radius. Remember that it’s OK to park in yellow commercial zones after 6:00 and that meters are also free after 6:00. You can also park in the lot behind Shakespeare Pub two doors down, but do not park in El Indio's lot unless you want your car towed! If you can’t find parking next to the restaurant, there’s always lots of parking on San Diego Avenue and the adjacent side streets just past the Chevron station across Washington Street. So please don't drive yourself crazy endlessly going around in circles waiting to pounce on that perfect spot when there's tons of parking less than three blocks away!
WINE NOTES & BOTTLE PRICES
2016 Borsao Rosé ~ $9
(Spain) 100% Grenache. Winemaker's Notes: Red luminescent color with warm glows. Has a strong aroma of berries and sweets. Very young and fresh in the mouth, well balanced with its acidity, rich in floral nuances and spices.
2012 Seghesio Barbera ~ $23
(Alexander Valley) Winemaker's Notes: Nose exhibits freshly opened cherry blossoms in spring, light and delicately lifted by oak-imparted vanilla aromas. Bright acidity highlights the entry and finish with soft tannins in the mid-palate.
2016 Justin Sauvignon Blanc ~ $14
(Central Coast) Very bright, light straw with silver highlights. Fresh lemon, white peach, guava, pineapple, white flower and herbal notes, and a little white pepper. Dry, refreshing throughout, with lemon, green apple, peach and tropical fruit on the entry leading to a crisp, textured mid-palate showing chamomile flower, subtle green herbs and mineral notes. The finish is clean, bright and textured with lingering citrus and herbal character. A perfect refreshing and crisp aperitif wine particularly in the summer months, it will pair beautifully with an apple and goat cheese salad, fresh oysters, or fish tacos with a squeeze of lime.
2014 Luca "G Lot" Pinot Noir ~ $26
(Argentina) Winemaker Notes: Beautiful garnet color with aromas of wild strawberries, saddle leather and cola root. A complex Pinot with notes of leather, spice, and cherry/raspberry confiture on the palate. Amazing aroma and finishes with an enjoyable Burgundian bent.
2015 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $23
(Paso Robles) Winemakers Notes: Dark purple ruby core, slightly lighter at the rim showing light staining on the glass. Aromatic with bright ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, baking spice, savory dried autumn leaves, subtle violet floral notes with a hint of caramelized barrel sweetness. Dry, moderate plus bodied, with ripe red and black cherry, and blackcurrant fruit joined by vanilla and cinnamon spice notes on the entry. The mid-palate is fresh with sustained ripe fruit, toasty oak notes and softly textured tannins. The finish is moderately long with notes of cherry candy and blackcurrant fruit matched with subtle classic Cabernet savory elements. A great all-around choice for a wide range of food pairings from a simple cheese and charcuterie plate or a burger to vegetable lasagna, or even a prime rib. If you are looking for a quality, all-purpose red wine, this is it!
2015 Etre Chardonnay ~ $23
(Sonoma Coast) Winemaker’s Notes: Nose of fresh pippen apples with background aromas of pineapple and lemon oil. Bright acid and oyster shell minerality bring everything into balance in this true Chablis-style Chardonnay.
NV Yalumba Antique Tawny (375ml) ~ $19
(Australia) Winemaker's Notes: This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in color, with an aroma featuring dried fruits, caramel and spices with elegant brandy spirit and hints of wood aged rancio. The palate is richly flavored featuring chocolate and caramel with fine spirit characters and persistent aftertaste of dried fruits and nutty nuances. The texture is sweet and smooth with roundness from the wood maturation and brandy spirit filling out the middle palate and providing the firm, drying finish.
2013 Margerum "Late Harvest" Sauvignon Blanc ~ $19
(Santa Barbara County) Winemaker's Notes: Nose of juicy fruit, honey and ripe melon. Pleasantly sweet yet not cloying attack of more ripe fruit nicely balanced with rich Meyer lemon acidity in the evolution and long finish. Will age gracefully through 2020 developing nectar-like aromatics and becoming richer and even more honeyed. A well balanced dessert wine that pairs well with fruit salad, custardy desserts like creme brulee, or salty cheeses.
2015 Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Muscato d'Asti ~ $20
(Italy) Winemaker's Notes: This sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine has vivid aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, grapefruit and sage on a light body with a delicate finish typical of Moscato d’Asti. An excellent companion to fresh pastries and fruit such as strawberries and peaches.